GCHS goes 2-1 at Ulysses quad

Brad Nading

Garden City High School’s volleyball team went 2-1 on Thursday at Ulysses during a volleyball quadrangular.

The Buffaloes opened with a win over Pratt in straight games, 25-21 and 25-21.

“Overall, I thought we played flat tonight. It took us some time to find our rhythm in each of the matches we played,” GCHS Head Coach Trista Bailey said. “We really struggled to consistently put balls away on the offensive side and had way too many unforced errors.”

Julie Calzonetti led the team in kills for the match with seven, while McKenna Jagels had five. Melody Flores and Symone Simmons each had four while Abby Ellermann and Makenzie Lucas each had two kills. Abby Parr and Jagels each had one service ace in the match.

Flores scooped 13 digs and Parr added 10. Calzonetti had three blocks against Pratt and Ellermann had two. Flores and Simons each had one.

Garden City next faced Ulysses, winning the match 25-18, 25-22.

Parr led he team with 19 digs against the Tigers. Simmons collected two blocks in the match, the only blocks for the Buffaloes.

Flores led GCHS with five kills, while Ellerman, Jagels and MiKayla Martinez each had four. Calzonetti added three kills and Simmons had two. Calzonetti, Jagels and Mya Cruz each had two service aces in the match, and Parr added one.

In its only loss of the day, Garden dropped a three-game tight match to Western Athletic Conference foe Hays 14-25, 25-20 and 30-28.

Jagels had six kills in the match, as Calzonetti and Ellerman each had four. Lucas and Flores each had two, while Mya DelaCruz and Simmons each added one kill. Calzonetti and Cruz each had one service ace.

Calzonetti led the team with 17 digs, while Parr had 14 and Cruz added 10. Simmons had two blocks while Ellermann, Flores and Martinez each had one.

“Our defensive effort was lead by Abby Parr. She is really starting to figure out her role as the libber and she made some big plays for us down the stretch,” Bailey said. “We battled inconsistency all night, but there were some really great moments and glimpses of the potential this team has.”

Garden City, 5-6 overall, was back in action on Saturday at Valley Center.